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Life Of Pi

 Life of Pi, based upon Yann Martel’s beloved book, which went on to become one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade, has been masterfully brought to the silver screen by Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

Life of Pi tells the story of a young man named Pi (Suraj Sharma), who finds himself on an unbelievable adventure, miraculously surviving 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (!). 

If you don't know the book, I would advise just going along to your cinema with an open mind, and not finding out too much about it. I haven't read the book, and thus, had no idea what to expect. Consequently, I had a wonderfully unique cinema experience.

All the actors that play Pi throughout his life are fantastic (Gautam Belur at 5 years, Ayush Tandon at 11 years, Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan) - particularly Suraj Sharma who carries the brunt of the weight masterfully.

I have to mention the special effects, a remarkable breakthrough in the use of 3D technology, Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee has surpassed himself - making a wondrously bold film that takes you on an adventure, and holds you throughout. An epic adventure of magical realism, I was captivated by the beauty and emotion of the film, and I found tears dropping from my eyes. An award winning novel, Life of Pi was thought to be a book that was impossible to bring to the big screen. But Lee has brought faithful and exquisite vision to Martel's novel. Certainly a notable achievement of storytelling and visually stunning - I will never forget it. A must see.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012